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UNLV vs. Florida A&M - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida A&M Rattlers (0-1) at UNLV Rebels (0-0)

College Basketball: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm (Thomas & Mack Center)

The Line: UNLV Rebels -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Florida A&M Rattlers and UNLV Rebels meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Florida A&M Rattlers look for their first win of the season after losing their season opener to Grand Canyon on Friday. The Florida A&M Rattlers are averaging 51 points on 38.8 percent shooting and allowing 67 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Desmond Williams is averaging 15 points and eight rebounds while Marcus Barham is averaging 10 points and two steals. Kamron Reaves is dishing four assists and Isaiah Martin is grabbing seven rebounds. The Florida A&M Rattlers are shooting 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The Florida A&M Rattlers are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game. The Florida A&M Rattlers have lost five of their last six road games.

UNLV vs. Florida A&M - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UNLV Rebels won just 11 games last season and have seen their fair share of disappointments over the years, but they hope things are different with a second season under coach Marvin Menzies. UNLV did lose some depth last year, but it does return its top player in Jovan Mooring, who averaged 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and four assists on 37.4 percent shooting. UNLV also hit a couple of homers by landing Shakur Juiston and Brandon McCoy, which prodivdes a boost to the Rebels immediately. Juiston was one of the top junior college recruits and is a double-double threat while McCoy is a 5-star recruit who turned down offers from Arizona, Michigan State and Oregon. While depth is a question, the UNLV Rebels could surprise some folks this season in the MWC. The UNLV Rebels have lost six of their last eight home games.

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The UNLV Rebels are usually tough to beat at home, as they have a nice home crowd, and this is a talented team that should be eager to set the tone early after the way last year played out. Florida A&M is on the end of a back-to-back, which should create tired legs this early  in the season, and it's not like the Rattlers shot the ball well in their opener. I look for UNLV to open this game up and win rather easily in front of their home fans.

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